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2007 Third Thursday Programs

2007 Third Thursday Programs
Upcoming Lecture Series Events

Common Birds of Atlanta
Presented by Jim Wilson
April 19, 2007

Common Birds of Atlanta by Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson is from Pensacola Fl. He was a researcher and teacher at Emory University. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Audubon Society for eight years, including a stint of service as President.

He later became the first staff person for this society as the Important Bird Areas Program Coorinator.

1st Annual Plant and Seed Swap
and Garden Program *
April 21, 2007

1st Annual Plant & Seed Swap

Our monthly Third Thursday program has been augmented this month with this new annual event.


Bring some of your favorite garden seeds or outdoor plants and take home something new like a
different hosta, carolina jasmine, a lily or maybe that special unique plant you have been searching for...

Also, you will have the opportunity to hear some great gardening programs from celebrated local authors and subject matter experts.

Special Guests

Gardening with Heirloom Seeds
by Lynn Coulter
Legends in the Garden by Linda Copeland

Don't Ask What I Shot:
How Eisenhower's Love of Golf Helped Shape 1950's America

Presented by Dr Catherine Lewis
June 21, 2007

Don't Ask What I Shot by Catherine Lewis

Dr. Lewis has authored or co-authored five books: Considerable Passions: Golf, the Masters and the Legacy of Bobby Jones (2000), The PGA Championship: The Season's Final Major with John Companiotte (2004), The Changing Face of Public History: The Chicago Historical Society and the Transformation of an American History Museum (2005), Bobby Jones and the Quest for the Grand Slam (2005) and A Host to History: The Story of the Atlanta Athletic Club (2005).

She recently published Don't Ask What I Shot: How Eisenhower's Love of Golf Helped Shape 1950's America.

From the Barnes and Noble Website:

"Public awareness of President Eisenhower’s obsession with golf led to his being simultaneously credited with the surge in the sport’s popularity and criticized for running the country from a golf course. By his second term, however, Ike and golf represented a bygone era because, more than any other sport in America, golf’s moneyed culture remained insulated from the race and class struggles that were transforming the country in the postwar period. Don’t Ask What I Shot tells the story of how Ike’s golf game functioned as a dual symbol of progress and provincialism. It also details Eisenhower’s friendships with Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Bob Hope, and Winston Churchill, among others."

Join Dr. Lewis, of Kennesaw State University (History and Philosophy) for a lively discussion on one of America's most famous golfers and his impact on the sport.

Chinaberry Summer:
Riverton, Alabama 1947

Presented by Harris Green
August 16, 2007

Chinaberry Summer: Riverton, Alabama 1947

Join us as Harris Green presents his first novel. It is a fictional account of life in a small Alabama city in the summer of 1947.

Below is the book's review from

It's June 1947 in Riverton, Alabama. Ten-year-old Graham and his pals, Blake and Todd, are fresh out of school for the summer and don't have a care in the world. Or do they? The annual slingshot battle, using chinaberries as ammo, is only a few weeks away and they need a plan. Last year their tree house was demolished by the mock orange cannon of the Ramar Renegades. Following her sister's death in February, Ruth St. John has been alone in her ante-bellum house. With Rachael gone, the old woman develops an interest in the outside world, especially the "roughnecks" she sees through her window. Gayle Freemont, a young black professor at the Negro college, wants to have a wife and children but is reluctant to get trapped in the South where he is just another "boy." The childless wife of a prominent architect, Jane Forrester is entering menopause and fears that life is passing her by. She resents her husband's selfish and domineering behavior and longs to find happiness before it's too late. Graham's father Pete is the county school superintendent. He considers himself quite progressive with respect to race relations--until the day he has to put his progressive ideas to the test. Priscilla Andrews teaches at the elementary school. Her acne-scarred face has caused some of the boys to call her Worm Face behind her back. But she maintains her professional bearing and decides that she and black people share a "skin problem." Crayton Turner pedals his Popsicle cart as fast as he can, trying to reach the construction site before the workers leave-which proves to be a fateful decision.

The Dixie Divas
October 18, 2007

The Dixie Divas

Julie Cannon (homegrown diva) - truelove & homegrown tomatoes, 'maters biscuit and pearly gates.

Karin Gillespie (dollar store diva) - bet your bottom dollar, a dollar short; bottom dollar goes Hollywood.

Jackie Miles (rose flower diva) - Roseflower Creek.

Patricia Sprinkle (sleuthing diva) - author of the thoroughly southern mysteries.

The Dixie Divas are Southern book writing belles serving up helpings of down home humor and warmth. When the Dixie Divas come to town they do more than sign books. They give a lively presentation, peppered with advice, animation and lots of anecdotes.

Take a look at each diva and their book. This promises to be one of the best Third Thursday Programs. Mark your calendar and see for yourself.

Dr. Joseph Kitchens,
Executive Director of the
Funk Heritage Center, Reinhardt College

November 15, 2007

Dr. Joseph Kitchens

Dr. Kitchens will offer an introduction to the Native American tribes of Georgia, explaining cultural issues, the frontier economy, and the dispersion of the tribes after the formation of the Colony of Georgia.

Prior to entering the field of museum administration, Joe Kitchens earned the Ph.D. degree in American History from the University of Georgia and was Professor of History at Georgia Southwestern State University.
He has published two books on Georgia history: Quail Plantations of South Georgia and North Florida. and Generations: The Story of Albany. He is also the author of more than sixty magazine and newspaper articles on Georgia history and life.

Dr. Kitchens has also served as founding Executive Director of the Pebble Hill Foundation and as Director of the South Carolina Historical Society. Currently Dr. Kitchens is the Executive Director of the Funk Heritage Center of Reinhardt College, the "Official Georgia Southeastern Indian and Frontier Interpretive Center." Dr. Kitchens was honored by the Georgia Association of Museums as its "Museum Professional of the Year for 2005."

This should be a very informative program for those who are interested in the American Indians and Georgia history.

Plan to attend and bring a friend, neighbor or both.

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